Living with Betrayal

What happens when you are betrayed by someone close to you?

For a child dealing with sexual abuse or a spouse dealing with domestic abuse, the trauma becomes far worse when it involves someone with whom they share an intimate relationship.   When you depend on another person for food, shelter, emotionl, or financial support,  the sense of being betrayed adds a new dimension to being abused.  

Along with the sense of violation comes a basic shattering of the trust that victims once had with their abusers.   Coping with that abuse often leads to a form of betrayal blindness or deliberate unawareness of what is happening.    Whether through simple denial or, in more extreme cases, active repression of the memory of that betrayal, the psychological costs of betrayal and abuse can last a lifetime.

To read more, check out my Psychology Today blog post.

 

           

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